Hi, Simon Taylor wrote:
There is something wrong. I think it is the whole concept of a "conference" rather than an "informal gathering" at this stage of the project.
So in summary: Any Haiku "conference" is not now able to offer enough value to people who are likely to attend it. Therefore WC should be used as an informal gathering and advertised as such (actually I'd argue the target group are more likely to go to that than something called a "conference" anyway). Improving the introductory content for new developers on the Haiku website will be orders-of-magnitude more successful than any conference in attracting new developers.
See it for yourself if WC has not been portrayed as a conference so far: * WC 2004 Quoted from www.freelists.org/archives/openbeos/03-2004/msg00131.html"Registration is $30. We have 15 rooms reserved for $80 per night at the hotel at which we'll be holding the conference. You're not required to stay at the hotel, but if we can't fill all 15 rooms we may have to call the conference off. Thus, please specify if you'd like to register for the conference only ($30), or if you'd like registration plus lodging ($30 + $80 per night). Double-occupancy ($30 + $40 per night) and triple-occupancy ($30 + $27 per night) will be an option if there are enough interested parties."
* WC 2005 Quoted from www.freelists.org/archives/openbeos/06-2005/msg00062.html"WalterCon 2005, the second annual North American conference for Haiku developers, users, and enthusiasts -- as well as all computer technology thrill-seekers and avant-gardists -- will be taking place Saturday, August 6, and Sunday, August 7, 2005 at the Boardwalk Hotel and Casino right in the middle of the renowned "Strip" in luminescent Las Vegas, Nevada, USA."